• Exploring Catholic Funeral Traditions

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    Many religious groups have specific rituals that they perform for major life events, including birth, marriage, and death. Those belonging to the Catholic faith are no exception. The following information highlights some of the more common aspects of Catholic funeral services .


    Individuals who plan Catholic funeral services should keep in mind that eulogies are not common practices during them. A eulogy, wherein a friend or family member makes a speech highlighting the life of the deceased, can be given during other observatory gatherings. In general, the focus of a Catholic funeral centers on the religious aspects of the deceased’s life and ways in which he or she followed in the footsteps of Jesus.

    Cremation Options

    Burial preferences have changed with time. A casket burial was once the only option for many people, but with the surging interest in cremation, the Catholic Church has deemed it an acceptable alternate for a traditional burial. Those who observe the Catholic faith should keep in mind a few considerations should they decide to do cremation. While a vacation spot or park may hold a special place in someone’s life, the Catholic Church does not deem acceptable the spreading of ashes in such locales. Should a person choose cremation, he or she must select inurnment in a cemetery as well.

    Cemetery Customs

    Catholic funeral services do not end at the funeral home. Rather, the Catholic Church normally advises that loved ones be in attendance as the casket is lowered for burial. This part of the funeral services can provide friends and family members with the opportunity to say goodbye to the deceased at his or her final resting place.

    Chapel of the Chimes can help you observe the traditional rites of your faith or religion. Our compassionate staff is here to assist you as you plan your funeral service and to answer any questions you may have about proper customs. To find out more about our cemetery sales, call our Hayward office at (510) 471-3363. 

  • Pre-Planning Your Funeral: Is It Right For You?

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    As knowledge of the benefits afforded by pre-planning a funeral becomes more widespread, more and more people are choosing to make advanced arrangements for their burial and memorial services. Choosing to make funeral plans in advance is a smart decision for just about anyone. If you are trying to decide whether or not to make pre-need funeral plans , then examine the advantages of pre-need planning has over at-need planning.

    Control Your Own Funeral

    Do you already know how you would like to be laid to rest after you have passed on from this life? When you pre-plan your funeral, you can choose how your body will be handled, where your body or cremated remains will be buried or stored, and plan just about any aspect of your service for which you have a preference.

    Spare Loved Ones Stress

    When you make arrangements for your funeral in advance, your loved ones will not have to make important decisions that they feel uncertain about while coping with your absence from their lives. Pre-planning your funeral will relieve your loved ones of several responsibilities they would otherwise have and allow them to spend time grieving your loss and honoring your memory in their own way.

    Financial Clarity and Savings

    Pre-planning a funeral is oftentimes cheaper than making at-need plans. It also provides you with the opportunity to pay for your funeral in advance and relieve others of bearing the financial costs associated with your funeral.

    Live at Ease

    You may still have years of living left to do; but by pre-planning your funeral you can experience invaluable peace of mind during those years, knowing that your post-life arrangements are already in order. None of your loved ones will have to deal with unnecessary stress, and you can be assured that you will be laid to rest in the manner of your choosing.

    If you are searching for a wealth of resources for pre-planning funerals, look no further than Chapel of the Chimes Hayward. Our pre-planning process makes the process of arranging your funeral in advance as simple as it can possibly be. To speak with a helpful member of our team, call (510) 471-3363

  • Tips for Selecting Music for a Funeral

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    Although most people make a certain amount of plans about the kind of funeral ceremony they want after they die, it is usually up to the survivors to figure out most of the details of the event. Use this guide to help you determine what kind of music to use for the funeral ceremony:

    While it is important to choose music that represents the deceased in some way, you should also try to pick something that will help the mourners remember their loved one and start to heal after his or her death. If you are saying goodbye to someone who loved to laugh, for example, you might want to consider an upbeat, fun song.

    Turn to Chapel of the Chimes for help planning every aspect of a funeral ceremony . From the music to the flowers, we are here to assist you in your time of need. We also offer memorial and creation services. To learn more, call (510) 471-3363.